Virginia Thoroughbred Association

Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Backer Builds Upon On Her Farm’s Legacy

Horses were originally her husband’s passion, and when William Montague “Bill” Backer died 3 1/2 years ago Ann Backer wasn’t sure whether she would carry on with the business. With the help of long-time farm manager Susan Dunham, Backer restructured her Virginia-based program and has found herself truly enjoying the Thoroughbred game. “Upon his death, […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Zonda, Tass Show Early Dividends For Schera’s Pilot Project

Matt Schera learned about the Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s Virginia-certified program two years ago, and that season he sent his first several yearlings to be started at the Braeburn Training Center located in the foothills of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. In order to qualify for the Certified program, horses must spend a six-month residency at […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Braxton Spearheads Godsey’s Eagle Point Farm Program

Virginia-bred Braxton is the flag-bearer for Karen Godsey’s Eagle Point Farm in Ashland, Va., with more than $125,000 in earnings and a special personality. The 5-year-old son of Peak Dancer has also earned an extra $22,000 in the last several seasons courtesy of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association. “He’s doing great,” said Godsey. “We just love […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Golden Having ‘Too Much Fun’ With Parisian Diva

Melinda Golden of Hancock, Md., has owned horses since 1969 but has never had as much fun as she’s currently enjoying with her homebred filly Parisian Diva. The 3-year-old West Virginia-bred by Freedom Child out of Paris Heiress, by Wildcat Heir, has won seven races from 11 starts with three seconds and a third for […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: New York-Bred Mr. Buff Racking Up Virginia-Sired Bonuses For Bromans

Four-time stakes winner Mr. Buff may have been foaled in New York, but over the past year the 5-year-old gelding has helped his owner/breeder Chester Broman earn over $140,000 in bonus money from the Virginia Thoroughbred Association. By Virginia-registered stallion Friend Or Foe, Mr. Buff is eligible for the Virginia-sired program. He earns a 25 […]

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Betting Handle In Virginia Up $10 Million Over 2017

According to a Virginia Thoroughbred Association report Thursday, rises in OTB and ADW handle in Virginia have prompted a $10 million increase in overall racing handle in the state from 2017. Through the first seven months of the year, ADW was over $52 million, up 3.2 percent from the same period in 2017. OTB handle […]

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Off And Running: New Virginia Residency Program A Certified Success

Just a few years ago, Virginia’s historic Thoroughbred industry, which had once cradled Secretariat, looked poised for a slow death. Colonial Downs ran its last race in 2013, and a bitter, dramatic series of arguments between the horsemen and track owner Jacobs Entertainment kept it closed. The state already had lost ground to West Virginia […]

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‘You’ve Got To Protect Something’: Middleburg Training Center Seems Here To Stay

The last year has been a major learning curve for Chuck Kuhn. The founder of JK Moving Services in Sterling, Va. is the first one to point out he had no experience in the Thoroughbred business when he purchased the Middleburg Training Center in the heart of Virginia horse country. He hadn’t been looking to […]

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Virginia’s Colonial Downs Purchase Official: ‘Our Industry Has Hope Again’

Revolutionary Racing, together with partner Peninsula Pacific, today officially closed on the purchase of Colonial Downs, Virginia’s only horoughbred racing venue. The racetrack was purchased from its developer and long-time owner, Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. The purchase price was in excess of $20 million. The facility has been closed since 2014. Today’s purchase marks a major […]

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Virginia: Proposal To Legalize Historical Racing Advances Through House Committee

A proposal that would legalize wagering on historical horse racing in Virginia was approved by the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee late Friday afternoon. The Roanoke Times reports that the legislation, which was passed the Appropriations Committee by a 21-1 vote, will now be sent to the House floor for a vote, which is expected to happen […]

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